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Survive Anything

Survive Anything

Survival shows make good television, but just might cost you your life.
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from HandsomeHunter 12/12/2012 at 03:02am

First of all, I cannot believe how many of my fellow readers lack the ability to understand that television,for the most part,is done to entertain. When you watch "Californication", do you really think that Hank Moody is having sex with all of those women? Well, do you? Then why do you think Bear Grylls is running acrossa desert non-stop or floating a rapid with some safety precautions?

Secondly,all of you snake-eating,hairy-chested,Rambo-type he-men,crying about this and that and how everything Bear does is wrong or how you can do it bigger and better,ever hear of a thing called "the British SAS"? They don't really have a track record of letting some non-hacking soft boiled egg just waltz in and sign up. They probably don't let overweight,over camouflaged,stinking of beer,armchair in the RV sitting survival experts join up either.

To sum it all up, tv is not real. That being said, some people on tv can do the things their show purports that they can do,just not while they are busy entertaining you by following a script. Comprende?

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from bulldogbob 1/26/2012 at 10:01pm

Why do we always wonder what it would be like to in a wilderness situation where we have to eat bugs or drink pee. When in reality you have a better chance to win the lotto. So one guy had to cut his arm off, 1 and a million who didn't. Being fimiliar is the key. I live in the Rocky's and think nothing about bears, cats or snakes, but on holiday in the ocean, I feaked at a sea turtle coming off the bottem and didn't feel comfortable in the water after that. Panic kills, not the situation. For the rest I'll pack the travel trailer, fire up the generator, and watch the guy eat bugs and drink pee. I'm having a cold beer.

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from JAMES09 7/11/2011 at 09:13pm

To Patjfitz1:
I was reading that book you posted about "ALONE IN THE WOODS" & I just want to thank you for sharing that. I think I have a pretty good knowledge on how to survive in the woods, BUT, it is always better to be safe than sorry, so I saved a copy just in case.

Thanks again for posting "ALONE IN THE WOODS"

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from JAMES09 7/11/2011 at 07:47pm

My opinions on Bear Grylis:

the guy is dangerous.

Most of what he "teaches" is garbage.

He's reckless.Nobody in a survival situation needs to be on the move as fast as he shows on TV. He's gonna get someone hurt or killed.

if you see an animal(s), you need to keep your distance. trying to run down a rabbit is a waste of energy, and anything the size of a cyote or bigger, can hurt or kill you.

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from DirtyDave777 4/7/2011 at 12:41am

If you want to watch something that will actually teach you something other than how to get rating try.
Ron Hood
or
John & Geri McPherson

I've spent years off & on living in the Bush and can say I've never HAD to eat Bugs.

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from stone cold grady 3/31/2011 at 05:35pm

has anyone seen some of bear grylls survival items.way over priced

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from outdooradventure 3/28/2011 at 12:14pm

I think most people who spend time in the outdoors already know that Bear Grylls is for entertainment and nude pushups, Survivorman is to show you how much a guy can put up with while filming his own show.

If you want educational shows, look for Ray Mears. He shows you how to do things the right way.

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from Frosty21 3/27/2011 at 06:28pm

Shows have there merit.Your mind is on what can happen or doesn't happen.Most people have some common know how to ,just get thing's done. Some time's people have to think out side the box.One little nugget of info you use to help is a survival moment.Is to me helpful.Yes some people we see do crazy thing's.But we see them for what they are people like us trying to survive.We are human.Learn and move on.Hopeful to see a new day.

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from jake 3/22/2011 at 10:31am

Two main things with survival. 1)Don't wait till you're in a survival situation to find out if you can survive. By that I mean go out and practice all the basic survival skills(start out with minimum risk survival situtions first and progress up to training under more difficult circumstances). Always though, when doing this make sure someone is aware of where you are at. That follows right into my number two with survival. 2)ALWAYS let somebody know where you will be at, at all times when possible. The number two survival sitution applies for everyday situations and not just the woods. Don't just go in your backyard for an hour or so and practice these things and think you are survival savy. You're not! You need to actually make a trek into the woods for a few days and practice. You don't have to put yourself in extreme hazard situations to learn these things but trust me, real life survival situations will be nothing compared to what you practice. However, if you are practiced, your chances of surviving are greatly enhanced than someone who isn't. If you know someone who is survival savy, get them to help you out but don't depend on them being there for you when you are in a tight spot. By that I mean don't just listen and watch, be hands on in learning. The first thing that's going to happen to you if you are in a survival situation is mild to possibly extreme panic. Expect this. However, once this rush is over you will come to your senses and if you are survival savy, you will be surprised to find how clear your mind will become and your training will kick in. Practice, practice, practice!

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from BoulderOutdoorS... 3/9/2011 at 12:10pm

Good advice. Practicing survival skills is the way to learn. I work for a company that teaches survival skills. Many people take our courses because they question how they would cope with a disaster. It is important to know the physical skills of survival. But taking a survival course can also give you a stockpile of mental and spiritual reserves that will empower you in any crisis.

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from J-GRIZZLE 5/12/2010 at 01:30pm

i used to really enjoy man vs wild but come on how many goss thins do have to eat and why not find a path down a mountain instead of scaling it.i mean do you really have to go through an old mine in the dark to survive? great entertainment value but very and i mean very poor intructional value. survivor man was a decent show also, les may drive me crazy with his whining but offered some really good tips. i am looking forward however to discovery channels new show dual survivor and all you pathfinders out there know what i mean, if not check out dave canterbury on youtube.

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from patjfitz1 3/6/2010 at 01:12pm

I got turned around once while hunting when I was about 16 years old. I didn't get to the point of "I'm Lost!", but I wasn't far from it. In Maine they have a little paperback called "You Alone In the Maine Woods. It goes with me any time I go into the woods. It's with me as a "Focal Point" to get myself to relax and take control of the situation. The cover is Hunter Orange to limit the chance of someone shooting at anything WHITE during Deer season. Link to a PDF version below.
http://www.amcmaine.org/wp-content/uploads/alone-in-the-maine-woods.pdf

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from jacy1515 12/10/2009 at 06:07pm

I usually laugh my ass off or cringe in horror at the stuff bear does.My family lived on the Mississippi river commercial fishing and logging during the spring flood going to town two or three times a year, to get sugar and flour.
One mans survival situation is just another day for someone who lives it everyday.
We are looking for two hunter at this time and it doesn't look good this is the fifth day and the water is cold.The swamp is home to some of us but a cruel place for others who don't know it.
God Bless my outdoor Brothers have a Merry Christmas

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from Kody 6/24/2009 at 12:13am

Good common sense advice followed by some expert info from forum members - quite the resource! I know the Spartans use to train their warriors to deal with fear and how to instill fear in their enemies. In the case of getting lost and the feelings of panic that set in with that realization can be pretty overwhelming. If an individual can not calm down he becomes very vulnerable to the physical risks of being too far from the 7-11. I think each tip from the survival trainer should be preceded with the message, "Stay calm!". Each of the occasions in which I have found myself turned around those feelings of panic come on like a powerful wave. If you are lucky the first time you have a father who comes looking before matters get worse and you learn from your mistake. Nothing like a good scare as a kid for a lesson to be learned well. I'll bet people who make their living in the rescue field would say the moments following the thought "I'm lost!", determine the outcome of the search. Anyone going into the bush who does not give some thought to, "What will I do if?", needs to develop a measure of fear or a better imagination. That little survival kit can be fun to put together and it alone can help to settle the nerves. You had some kind of plan ahead of time and came prepared - comforting with night descending and the bush coming alive with sound and movement.

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from Bo 5/6/2009 at 05:45pm

grmustangs, very good point. On that note, if you find yourself having to cook insects and you have a choice, go with grasshoppers. If you can catch enough to present a decent meal, cook them, in any container that can be sealed enough to keep them from jumping out, be it foil, a tin can with the lid still partially attached, an army mess kit that has the lid, whatever. You will know they are done to perfection when they turn red. After that, you can break off the legs. (they don't provide that much to the bulk and they get caught between your teeth. When you're already in less than optimal conditions, you don't any more annoyances.)
I would recommend that you try it before you go out so you have an idea how to do it. If you have kids you can make a game out of it, give them a prize or a surprise for the kid who catches the most. You don't need to tell them it's a gourmet treat. Hey at home you can melt chocolate and dip the bugs in it. The kid won't know until you tell them.

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from Casey Walker 4/25/2009 at 09:14am

I liked the comment on the fish and bug slides. Our digestive systems are not used to raw protein and the problems it can cause would be more than "minor inconvenience" in this situation.

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from Poppa Butler 3/31/2009 at 04:14pm

Your article sets a lot of things straight for me. Thank you, Bo.

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from schnur11 3/29/2009 at 01:57am

just take those shows for what the are, entertainment

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from Bo 3/28/2009 at 03:56pm

Purplehead,
You got it. You will have a much better chance of being found by SAR if you follow those guidelines. Disregard those and you have a much better chance of being found by the carrion eaters, but you won't care, you'll be the carrion. For me, I'll take the SAR route, it's easier on my family, oh, and me.

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from purplehead 3/25/2009 at 07:46pm

OK. So let's see if I have this right. In n emergency survival situation, Stay put and cozy up by a fire, signal my position some how and don't drink any pee?

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from Colorado Samurai 3/20/2009 at 09:28pm

Thank you Bo, that is very important information. I liked the article.

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from Bo 3/14/2009 at 09:47pm

In my experience, the only legitimate survival guide that recommends an individual to do anything other than "stay put" is the FM 21-76 US Army Field Manual titled "Survival, Evasion & Escape" That said, It is dealing with a completely different situation than the average person in the US will experience.(Thank God!) Usually then the people you have to evade are trying to invite you to a party you don't want to attend. 'Nuff said there.
When you have someone who is lost and a SAR team is looking for him, any movement by that person will compound the difficulty of his rescue. The job is difficult enough , one doesn't need to throw further kinks in the equation. Cohosam is SO correct. More than one SAR team member has been injured, sometimes critically, due to movement on the part of the rescuee. I understand that panic may set in, but any information that in any way leads one to believe he can get unlost will increase the likelihood that the rescuee will be injured (or killed)as well as the rescuers. Anyone who tries to tell anyone otherwise is irresponsible, ignorant and should be legally culpable for any and all injuries that result from their self-aggrandizement, particularly if they're doing it to show off how much they (think they) know.
There is no one on a SAR team that wants the situation to turn from Search and Rescue to Search and Recovery. Been there, done that, didn't like it.

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from cohosam 3/14/2009 at 08:38pm

The last episode of "Man vs. Wild" that I watched was one a couple of years ago in which Bear Grills was supposedly body floating a mountain stream in the gear he had with him. It was obvious that he had a floatation device under his jacket. That was it for me. As for his long and arduous journeys to "get out", S&R experts are always going to tell lost hunters and fishermen to "stay put" as soon as they know they are lost. Hunker down, get a fire going, get some sort of shelter up, stay warm, hydrated and somehow signal your location. I don't ever see Mr. Gills doing much of that.

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from ye ole coaste 3/5/2009 at 12:40pm

Hi, Uall got this survival stuff down Pat!! I'm going back and C what the Doc's caught lately? Good Job Carry ON!! YOC

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from bigmark 3/4/2009 at 01:07pm

Good advice and I am glad I am not the only one fed up with the bogus information found on the survival show in question.

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from mdsulli2 3/2/2009 at 10:55am

Thanks Bo, Very informative. I,ve wondered the same as paul bunyan and thought if it came down to it I would have to try if it was life or death. Now we know if we are dehydrated it will make things worse.

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from auxie01 2/27/2009 at 11:09pm

I thought that Bo's information was very interesting.

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from The Bowman 2/27/2009 at 10:06pm

Okay....this qualifies as "TOO MUCH INFORMATION"

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from Bo 2/27/2009 at 09:54pm

From a retired ER RN, I may be able to shed some light on the drinking urine question. It is true that some cultures do engage in drinking urine without significant health risks, but in a survival situation, it's not a good idea. The kidneys filter out all sorts of stuff from your body that is not good for you, if you are not dehydrated these toxins will not be concentrated and not have all of the possible serious consequences. But,if you are dehydrated, the bad stuff can be very concentrated. The reason your body is getting rid of it is it's not good for you, and somebody is going to try to drink something that your body is rejecting? If you drink it your body will require more liquid to excrete the stuff you just took in. As your body gets dehydrated and starving for food, it will breakdown fat to obtain energy. A byproduct of fat breakdown are ketones, which can upset the acid base balance of your blood. You see this a lot with patients with uncontrolled diabetes, where it is called DKA or diabetic keto-acidosis. all of these require more liquid in order to compensate for the worsening condition. This is life threatening. Taking in ketones excreted in you urine can further exacerbate a breakdown in proper metabolism. That is to say it can kill you.

You are much better off peeing in the pit you made for your solar still and pure water will condense in the cup at the bottom (if you have done it right) I highly recommend that anyone who goes into the wilds learn how to make a solar still. It used to be kind of a standard in Army survival training. Parachute canopy can be used or a piece of plastic tarp,( I carry an 8'x8' 3-4 mil plastic tarp in my pack, doesn't take up much room and has a lot of uses)
For the people who survived drinking sea water or urine, they were lucky. Anecdotal evidence is very bad to cite as an example of how to do it. there are cases where people drank sea water and made it. Most who do that do not survive, but the reaction of the body is similar.

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from jburgman 2/27/2009 at 10:42am

I'd have to agree with cheussner--while they're certainly both somewhat of Hollywood's version of wilderness survival, Bear Grills on "Man vs Wild" tends to do the more ludicrous stunts merely for the sake of mugging for the camera. Les Stroud of "Survivorman" has actually taught college courses on survival, so he knows his stuff (granted, what the tv producers want/make him do is a different story).

Could we get some more info on this "drinking your own urine issue?" Not to be crass, but I've heard contradictory reports about this. I know for a fact that it has saved peoples' lives in past survival situations. If that's the case, then why recommend to NEVER EVER do it? I mean, if it's a matter of life or death...???

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from ogleby50 2/26/2009 at 04:23pm

Is he trying to teach how to get out of situations? I feel Bear Grills is not out trying to say hey lets jump in a frozen lake, he is trying to say if you find your self in a frozen lake here is what to do. Some of his cliff climing is a little overwheleming but I feel most people know there limits.

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from cheussner 2/26/2009 at 03:47pm

I believe you are confusing Survivorman with Man vs. Wild. Bear Grills is the one who does the foolish stunts.

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from Bo 2/26/2009 at 12:23pm

Yoda, Amen. You can't argue with or fix stupid. God knows how many people have been sickened, injured or worse from watching those un"reality" shows. Especially since the first time these people try one of those things they learned, they are in a crisis situation and have no clue of what they are doing and don't know what they don't know. Gee, what could go wrong here?
It's a relatively simple matter to practice some of these basic skills at home to get a feel for how it's supposed to go, develop some muscle memory, as it were, prior to going into the wilds.
I am amazed at the woeful ineptitude of so many people who consider themselves to be "outdoorsmen" but could not survive one night out in the boonies without all of their creature comforts.

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from Yoda 2/26/2009 at 11:54am

Good advice, I know alot of yuppies that think they can survive just because they watch man vs wild, i've since stopped wasting my time arguing with them that they shouldn't do the stuff they show on alot of the shows.

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from cheussner 2/26/2009 at 03:47pm

I believe you are confusing Survivorman with Man vs. Wild. Bear Grills is the one who does the foolish stunts.

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from Bo 2/27/2009 at 09:54pm

From a retired ER RN, I may be able to shed some light on the drinking urine question. It is true that some cultures do engage in drinking urine without significant health risks, but in a survival situation, it's not a good idea. The kidneys filter out all sorts of stuff from your body that is not good for you, if you are not dehydrated these toxins will not be concentrated and not have all of the possible serious consequences. But,if you are dehydrated, the bad stuff can be very concentrated. The reason your body is getting rid of it is it's not good for you, and somebody is going to try to drink something that your body is rejecting? If you drink it your body will require more liquid to excrete the stuff you just took in. As your body gets dehydrated and starving for food, it will breakdown fat to obtain energy. A byproduct of fat breakdown are ketones, which can upset the acid base balance of your blood. You see this a lot with patients with uncontrolled diabetes, where it is called DKA or diabetic keto-acidosis. all of these require more liquid in order to compensate for the worsening condition. This is life threatening. Taking in ketones excreted in you urine can further exacerbate a breakdown in proper metabolism. That is to say it can kill you.

You are much better off peeing in the pit you made for your solar still and pure water will condense in the cup at the bottom (if you have done it right) I highly recommend that anyone who goes into the wilds learn how to make a solar still. It used to be kind of a standard in Army survival training. Parachute canopy can be used or a piece of plastic tarp,( I carry an 8'x8' 3-4 mil plastic tarp in my pack, doesn't take up much room and has a lot of uses)
For the people who survived drinking sea water or urine, they were lucky. Anecdotal evidence is very bad to cite as an example of how to do it. there are cases where people drank sea water and made it. Most who do that do not survive, but the reaction of the body is similar.

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from Bo 2/26/2009 at 12:23pm

Yoda, Amen. You can't argue with or fix stupid. God knows how many people have been sickened, injured or worse from watching those un"reality" shows. Especially since the first time these people try one of those things they learned, they are in a crisis situation and have no clue of what they are doing and don't know what they don't know. Gee, what could go wrong here?
It's a relatively simple matter to practice some of these basic skills at home to get a feel for how it's supposed to go, develop some muscle memory, as it were, prior to going into the wilds.
I am amazed at the woeful ineptitude of so many people who consider themselves to be "outdoorsmen" but could not survive one night out in the boonies without all of their creature comforts.

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from jburgman 2/27/2009 at 10:42am

I'd have to agree with cheussner--while they're certainly both somewhat of Hollywood's version of wilderness survival, Bear Grills on "Man vs Wild" tends to do the more ludicrous stunts merely for the sake of mugging for the camera. Les Stroud of "Survivorman" has actually taught college courses on survival, so he knows his stuff (granted, what the tv producers want/make him do is a different story).

Could we get some more info on this "drinking your own urine issue?" Not to be crass, but I've heard contradictory reports about this. I know for a fact that it has saved peoples' lives in past survival situations. If that's the case, then why recommend to NEVER EVER do it? I mean, if it's a matter of life or death...???

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from auxie01 2/27/2009 at 11:09pm

I thought that Bo's information was very interesting.

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from mdsulli2 3/2/2009 at 10:55am

Thanks Bo, Very informative. I,ve wondered the same as paul bunyan and thought if it came down to it I would have to try if it was life or death. Now we know if we are dehydrated it will make things worse.

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from Bo 3/14/2009 at 09:47pm

In my experience, the only legitimate survival guide that recommends an individual to do anything other than "stay put" is the FM 21-76 US Army Field Manual titled "Survival, Evasion & Escape" That said, It is dealing with a completely different situation than the average person in the US will experience.(Thank God!) Usually then the people you have to evade are trying to invite you to a party you don't want to attend. 'Nuff said there.
When you have someone who is lost and a SAR team is looking for him, any movement by that person will compound the difficulty of his rescue. The job is difficult enough , one doesn't need to throw further kinks in the equation. Cohosam is SO correct. More than one SAR team member has been injured, sometimes critically, due to movement on the part of the rescuee. I understand that panic may set in, but any information that in any way leads one to believe he can get unlost will increase the likelihood that the rescuee will be injured (or killed)as well as the rescuers. Anyone who tries to tell anyone otherwise is irresponsible, ignorant and should be legally culpable for any and all injuries that result from their self-aggrandizement, particularly if they're doing it to show off how much they (think they) know.
There is no one on a SAR team that wants the situation to turn from Search and Rescue to Search and Recovery. Been there, done that, didn't like it.

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from Yoda 2/26/2009 at 11:54am

Good advice, I know alot of yuppies that think they can survive just because they watch man vs wild, i've since stopped wasting my time arguing with them that they shouldn't do the stuff they show on alot of the shows.

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from ogleby50 2/26/2009 at 04:23pm

Is he trying to teach how to get out of situations? I feel Bear Grills is not out trying to say hey lets jump in a frozen lake, he is trying to say if you find your self in a frozen lake here is what to do. Some of his cliff climing is a little overwheleming but I feel most people know there limits.

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from bigmark 3/4/2009 at 01:07pm

Good advice and I am glad I am not the only one fed up with the bogus information found on the survival show in question.

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from Bo 3/28/2009 at 03:56pm

Purplehead,
You got it. You will have a much better chance of being found by SAR if you follow those guidelines. Disregard those and you have a much better chance of being found by the carrion eaters, but you won't care, you'll be the carrion. For me, I'll take the SAR route, it's easier on my family, oh, and me.

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from cohosam 3/14/2009 at 08:38pm

The last episode of "Man vs. Wild" that I watched was one a couple of years ago in which Bear Grills was supposedly body floating a mountain stream in the gear he had with him. It was obvious that he had a floatation device under his jacket. That was it for me. As for his long and arduous journeys to "get out", S&R experts are always going to tell lost hunters and fishermen to "stay put" as soon as they know they are lost. Hunker down, get a fire going, get some sort of shelter up, stay warm, hydrated and somehow signal your location. I don't ever see Mr. Gills doing much of that.

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from Colorado Samurai 3/20/2009 at 09:28pm

Thank you Bo, that is very important information. I liked the article.

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from purplehead 3/25/2009 at 07:46pm

OK. So let's see if I have this right. In n emergency survival situation, Stay put and cozy up by a fire, signal my position some how and don't drink any pee?

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from patjfitz1 3/6/2010 at 01:12pm

I got turned around once while hunting when I was about 16 years old. I didn't get to the point of "I'm Lost!", but I wasn't far from it. In Maine they have a little paperback called "You Alone In the Maine Woods. It goes with me any time I go into the woods. It's with me as a "Focal Point" to get myself to relax and take control of the situation. The cover is Hunter Orange to limit the chance of someone shooting at anything WHITE during Deer season. Link to a PDF version below.
http://www.amcmaine.org/wp-content/uploads/alone-in-the-maine-woods.pdf

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from patjfitz1 3/6/2010 at 01:12pm

I got turned around once while hunting when I was about 16 years old. I didn't get to the point of "I'm Lost!", but I wasn't far from it. In Maine they have a little paperback called "You Alone In the Maine Woods. It goes with me any time I go into the woods. It's with me as a "Focal Point" to get myself to relax and take control of the situation. The cover is Hunter Orange to limit the chance of someone shooting at anything WHITE during Deer season. Link to a PDF version below.
http://www.amcmaine.org/wp-content/uploads/alone-in-the-maine-woods.pdf

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from Poppa Butler 3/31/2009 at 04:14pm

Your article sets a lot of things straight for me. Thank you, Bo.

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from Kody 6/24/2009 at 12:13am

Good common sense advice followed by some expert info from forum members - quite the resource! I know the Spartans use to train their warriors to deal with fear and how to instill fear in their enemies. In the case of getting lost and the feelings of panic that set in with that realization can be pretty overwhelming. If an individual can not calm down he becomes very vulnerable to the physical risks of being too far from the 7-11. I think each tip from the survival trainer should be preceded with the message, "Stay calm!". Each of the occasions in which I have found myself turned around those feelings of panic come on like a powerful wave. If you are lucky the first time you have a father who comes looking before matters get worse and you learn from your mistake. Nothing like a good scare as a kid for a lesson to be learned well. I'll bet people who make their living in the rescue field would say the moments following the thought "I'm lost!", determine the outcome of the search. Anyone going into the bush who does not give some thought to, "What will I do if?", needs to develop a measure of fear or a better imagination. That little survival kit can be fun to put together and it alone can help to settle the nerves. You had some kind of plan ahead of time and came prepared - comforting with night descending and the bush coming alive with sound and movement.

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from JAMES09 7/11/2011 at 07:47pm

My opinions on Bear Grylis:

the guy is dangerous.

Most of what he "teaches" is garbage.

He's reckless.Nobody in a survival situation needs to be on the move as fast as he shows on TV. He's gonna get someone hurt or killed.

if you see an animal(s), you need to keep your distance. trying to run down a rabbit is a waste of energy, and anything the size of a cyote or bigger, can hurt or kill you.

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from ye ole coaste 3/5/2009 at 12:40pm

Hi, Uall got this survival stuff down Pat!! I'm going back and C what the Doc's caught lately? Good Job Carry ON!! YOC

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from Casey Walker 4/25/2009 at 09:14am

I liked the comment on the fish and bug slides. Our digestive systems are not used to raw protein and the problems it can cause would be more than "minor inconvenience" in this situation.

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from jacy1515 12/10/2009 at 06:07pm

I usually laugh my ass off or cringe in horror at the stuff bear does.My family lived on the Mississippi river commercial fishing and logging during the spring flood going to town two or three times a year, to get sugar and flour.
One mans survival situation is just another day for someone who lives it everyday.
We are looking for two hunter at this time and it doesn't look good this is the fifth day and the water is cold.The swamp is home to some of us but a cruel place for others who don't know it.
God Bless my outdoor Brothers have a Merry Christmas

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from J-GRIZZLE 5/12/2010 at 01:30pm

i used to really enjoy man vs wild but come on how many goss thins do have to eat and why not find a path down a mountain instead of scaling it.i mean do you really have to go through an old mine in the dark to survive? great entertainment value but very and i mean very poor intructional value. survivor man was a decent show also, les may drive me crazy with his whining but offered some really good tips. i am looking forward however to discovery channels new show dual survivor and all you pathfinders out there know what i mean, if not check out dave canterbury on youtube.

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from jake 3/22/2011 at 10:31am

Two main things with survival. 1)Don't wait till you're in a survival situation to find out if you can survive. By that I mean go out and practice all the basic survival skills(start out with minimum risk survival situtions first and progress up to training under more difficult circumstances). Always though, when doing this make sure someone is aware of where you are at. That follows right into my number two with survival. 2)ALWAYS let somebody know where you will be at, at all times when possible. The number two survival sitution applies for everyday situations and not just the woods. Don't just go in your backyard for an hour or so and practice these things and think you are survival savy. You're not! You need to actually make a trek into the woods for a few days and practice. You don't have to put yourself in extreme hazard situations to learn these things but trust me, real life survival situations will be nothing compared to what you practice. However, if you are practiced, your chances of surviving are greatly enhanced than someone who isn't. If you know someone who is survival savy, get them to help you out but don't depend on them being there for you when you are in a tight spot. By that I mean don't just listen and watch, be hands on in learning. The first thing that's going to happen to you if you are in a survival situation is mild to possibly extreme panic. Expect this. However, once this rush is over you will come to your senses and if you are survival savy, you will be surprised to find how clear your mind will become and your training will kick in. Practice, practice, practice!

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from schnur11 3/29/2009 at 01:57am

just take those shows for what the are, entertainment

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from Bo 5/6/2009 at 05:45pm

grmustangs, very good point. On that note, if you find yourself having to cook insects and you have a choice, go with grasshoppers. If you can catch enough to present a decent meal, cook them, in any container that can be sealed enough to keep them from jumping out, be it foil, a tin can with the lid still partially attached, an army mess kit that has the lid, whatever. You will know they are done to perfection when they turn red. After that, you can break off the legs. (they don't provide that much to the bulk and they get caught between your teeth. When you're already in less than optimal conditions, you don't any more annoyances.)
I would recommend that you try it before you go out so you have an idea how to do it. If you have kids you can make a game out of it, give them a prize or a surprise for the kid who catches the most. You don't need to tell them it's a gourmet treat. Hey at home you can melt chocolate and dip the bugs in it. The kid won't know until you tell them.

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from outdooradventure 3/28/2011 at 12:14pm

I think most people who spend time in the outdoors already know that Bear Grylls is for entertainment and nude pushups, Survivorman is to show you how much a guy can put up with while filming his own show.

If you want educational shows, look for Ray Mears. He shows you how to do things the right way.

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from stone cold grady 3/31/2011 at 05:35pm

has anyone seen some of bear grylls survival items.way over priced

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from BoulderOutdoorS... 3/9/2011 at 12:10pm

Good advice. Practicing survival skills is the way to learn. I work for a company that teaches survival skills. Many people take our courses because they question how they would cope with a disaster. It is important to know the physical skills of survival. But taking a survival course can also give you a stockpile of mental and spiritual reserves that will empower you in any crisis.

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from Frosty21 3/27/2011 at 06:28pm

Shows have there merit.Your mind is on what can happen or doesn't happen.Most people have some common know how to ,just get thing's done. Some time's people have to think out side the box.One little nugget of info you use to help is a survival moment.Is to me helpful.Yes some people we see do crazy thing's.But we see them for what they are people like us trying to survive.We are human.Learn and move on.Hopeful to see a new day.

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from DirtyDave777 4/7/2011 at 12:41am

If you want to watch something that will actually teach you something other than how to get rating try.
Ron Hood
or
John & Geri McPherson

I've spent years off & on living in the Bush and can say I've never HAD to eat Bugs.

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from JAMES09 7/11/2011 at 09:13pm

To Patjfitz1:
I was reading that book you posted about "ALONE IN THE WOODS" & I just want to thank you for sharing that. I think I have a pretty good knowledge on how to survive in the woods, BUT, it is always better to be safe than sorry, so I saved a copy just in case.

Thanks again for posting "ALONE IN THE WOODS"

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from bulldogbob 1/26/2012 at 10:01pm

Why do we always wonder what it would be like to in a wilderness situation where we have to eat bugs or drink pee. When in reality you have a better chance to win the lotto. So one guy had to cut his arm off, 1 and a million who didn't. Being fimiliar is the key. I live in the Rocky's and think nothing about bears, cats or snakes, but on holiday in the ocean, I feaked at a sea turtle coming off the bottem and didn't feel comfortable in the water after that. Panic kills, not the situation. For the rest I'll pack the travel trailer, fire up the generator, and watch the guy eat bugs and drink pee. I'm having a cold beer.

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from HandsomeHunter 12/12/2012 at 03:02am

First of all, I cannot believe how many of my fellow readers lack the ability to understand that television,for the most part,is done to entertain. When you watch "Californication", do you really think that Hank Moody is having sex with all of those women? Well, do you? Then why do you think Bear Grylls is running acrossa desert non-stop or floating a rapid with some safety precautions?

Secondly,all of you snake-eating,hairy-chested,Rambo-type he-men,crying about this and that and how everything Bear does is wrong or how you can do it bigger and better,ever hear of a thing called "the British SAS"? They don't really have a track record of letting some non-hacking soft boiled egg just waltz in and sign up. They probably don't let overweight,over camouflaged,stinking of beer,armchair in the RV sitting survival experts join up either.

To sum it all up, tv is not real. That being said, some people on tv can do the things their show purports that they can do,just not while they are busy entertaining you by following a script. Comprende?

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from The Bowman 2/27/2009 at 10:06pm

Okay....this qualifies as "TOO MUCH INFORMATION"

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